32 new effects
- Amptweaker TightDrive Jr.
- Amptweaker TightMetal Jr.
- Amptweaker TightRock Jr.
- DigiTech TRIO+ - Band Creator + Looper
- DOD Looking Glass - Overdrive
- EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe
- Empress Effects Reverb
- Ernie Ball Ambient Delay
- Ernie Ball Expression Overdrive
- Gallien-Krueger Plex Preamp
- Grace Design Alix - Instrument Preamplifier
- LAA Custom Nishi Drive - Stevie Salas Signature Overdrive
- Nemphasis O2 - Oxygen Bass Preamp
- Nemphasis Pro Series O2 - Oxygen Bass Preamp
- One Control (designed by BJF) Crimson Red Bass Preamp
- One Control (designed by BJF) Little Copper Chorus
- One Control (designed by BJF) Tiger Lily Tremolo
- Orange The Amp Detonator
- Orange Two Stroke
- Pigtronix Micro Philosopher's Tone
- Rainger FX Freakenstein Alpha
- Supro Boost
- Supro Drive
- Supro Fuzz
- TC Electronic BonaFide Buffer
- TC Electronic Ditto Looper X4
- TC Electronic SpectraComp Bass Compressor
- Valeton GP-1 Multi-Effects Processor
- WMD Protostar - Interstellar Filter Pedal
- WMD The Goldilocks Planet
- ZenZero Electronics Red Crown - Overdrive
- Zoom G5n Multi-Effects Processor
Complete overview of new pedals at NAMM 2016: http://www.effectsdatabase.com/events/namm/2016
Discuss these updates at the forum: http://forum.effectsdatabase.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=521
39 new effects
- Boss BC-1X Bass Comp
- Boss ES-5 Effects Switching System
- Boss VB-2w Vibrato - Waza Craft Special Edition
- Boss VO-1 Vocoder
- Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall - Analog Delay
- Decibel Eleven Time After Time - Analog Delay with Digital Control
- Electro-Faustus EF111 Guitardämmerung
- Electro-Harmonix Nano Bass Preacher - Compressor / Sustainer
- Engl Chorus
- Engl Compressor
- Engl Delay
- Engl Reaper
- Engl Retro
- Engl Straight To Hell
- Fuzzrocious Pedals Anomalies
- Fuzzrocious Pedals Feed Me
- Jim Dunlop Cry Baby JP-95 John Petrucci Signature Wah
- Jim Dunlop DVP-4 Volume X Mini
- Jim Dunlop EP-103 Echoplex Delay
- Keeley Super Mod Workstation
- MXR M-300 Reverb
- MXR M-76 Studio Compressor
- Neunaber Technology Immerse - Reverberator
- Ovaltone Fountain Overdrive
- Red Panda Buffer
- Red Panda Mixer
- Seymour Duncan Catalina - Dynamic Chorus
- Stone Deaf FX Kliptonite
- Stone Deaf FX PDF-2 Parametric Distortion Filter
- Stone Deaf FX Syncopy - Analog Delay
- Stone Deaf FX Tremotron
- Stone Deaf FX Warp Drive
- Strymon Ojai - High Current DC Power Supply
- Strymon Zuma - High Current DC Power Supply
- Walrus Audio Contraband
- Walrus Audio Julia - Chorus
- Way Huge WHE207 Green Rhino Overdrive MkIV
- Way Huge WHE208 Overrated Special
- Way Huge WHE401s Swollen Pickle MkIIs Jumbo Fuzz
Complete overview of new pedals at NAMM 2016: http://www.effectsdatabase.com/events/namm/2016
Discuss these updates at the forum: http://forum.effectsdatabase.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=519
88 new effects
- Alexander Pedals Super Radical Delay
- Amptweaker TightMetal ST
- AudioSprockets ToneDexter
- Benado Effects PB-1Pro Effects Pedal Board
- Catalinbread Bicycle Delay
- Catalinbread CSIDMAN Delay
- Crews Maniac Sound DIS-01 Distortion
- Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B7K Ultra - Bass Preamp
- Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer
- Dwarfcraft Devices Twin Stags
- EarthQuaker Devices Acapulco Gold - Power Amp Distortion
- EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run - Stereo Delay and Reverb
- EarthQuaker Devices Bellows - Fuzzdriver
- EarthQuaker Devices Bows - Germanium Preamp Booster
- EarthQuaker Devices Gray Channel - Dynamic Dirt Doubler
- EarthQuaker Devices Night Wire - Dynamic Harmonic Tremolo
- EarthQuaker Devices Spatial Delivery - Envelope Filter with Sample & Hold
- EarthQuaker Devices Spires - Fuzz Doubler
- Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper
- Electro-Harmonix Lester G - Deluxe Rotary Speaker
- Electro-Harmonix Lester K - Stereo Rotary Speaker
- Electro-Harmonix XO Crash Pad - Electronic Crash Drum
- Electro-Harmonix XO Soul POG - Soul Food + Nano POG
- Electro-Harmonix XO Super Space Drum
- GTC Sound Innovations RevPad
- Gurus Amps 1959 Double Decker
- Gurus Amps Optivalve - Boutique Series Tube Optical Compressor
- Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence - Programmable Rhythm & Octave
- Hotone Audio Bass Press - Volume / Expression / Wah-Wah Pedal
- Hotone Audio Ravo Pro - Multi-Effects Processor
- Hotone Audio Skyline series EQ-V - 5 Band Equalizer
- Hotone Audio Skyline series Golden Touch - Overdrive
- Hotone Audio Vow Press - Switchable Volume/Wah Pedal
- Ibanez Mini Analog Delay
- Ibanez Mini Chorus
- Ibanez Mini Super Metal
- JAM Pedals Delay Llama Supreme
- Keeley Delay Workstation
- Keeley Mod Workstation
- Keeley Tone Workstation
- KHDK Electronics No. 1 - Overdrive
- Lightning Wave Astro
- Lightning Wave Doom
- Lightning Wave Ghost
- Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay Deluxe
- Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive with 5 knobs
- Mode Machines AT1 Overdrive
- Mode Machines AT2 Distortion
- Mode Machines MM-1 Distortion
- Mode Machines MM-2 Overdrive
- Mode Machines MM-3 Buzz/Fuzz
- Mode Machines MM-4 Chorus
- Mode Machines MM-5 Delay
- Mode Machines MM-6 Phaser
- Mode Machines MM-7 Compressor
- Mode Machines MM-8 Flanger
- Mode Machines MM-9 Power Supply
- Mooer Audio (Pro series) Reverie Chorus
- Mooer Audio Free Step - Wah/Volume Pedal
- Mooer Audio L6 Pedal Controller
- Mooer Audio Micro Drummer - Drum Machine Pedal
- Mooer Audio Mooergan - Digital Organ Simulation Pedal
- Mooer Audio PE100 Portable Guitar Effect
- Mooer Audio Redkid - Talking Wah Pedal
- Morgan MkII
- Morgan NKT275
- Morgan OD
- Mr. Black TrancePortal - Shimmer Echo
- Providence BTC-1 Bass Boot Comp - Bass Compressor
- Providence HBL-4 Heat Blaster
- Providence VFB-1 Vitalizer FB - Active Impedance Converter + Booster
- Providence VZW-1 Vitalizer WV - Active Impedance Converter
- Rainger FX Echo-X - Digital Delay
- Singular Sound Beat Buddy Mini
- Sinvertek Fluid Time - Dual Analog Delay with Effects Loop
- StompLight Professional
- Thorpy FX Peacekeeper - Low Gain Overdrive
- Valeton AD-10 Analog Delay
- Valeton CH-10 Analog Chorus
- Valeton CS-10 Compressor
- Valeton FL-10 HB Flanger
- Valeton FP-10 FET Preamp
- Valeton OC-10 Octave
- Valeton OD-10 Overdrive
- Valeton PH-10 Phaser
- Valeton TW-10 Touch Wah
- Valeton VES-1 Dapper - Effect Strip
Carlsbad, CA, (December 10, 2015) – Demand for customized, unique sound is driving fretted products and effects sales to a seven-year high, while fueling a new wave of boutique pedal builders. Over the last decade, the retail value of the effects pedal category has increased more than 45%, with a 13.7% gain in 2014.
Pedal builders will have a noticeably larger presence at the NAMM Show this January 21-24 as boutique brands including Strymon, Walrus Audio, Chase Bliss Audio and Dwarfcraft Devices join established brands Boss, Dunlop Manufacturing Inc., Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, EarthQuaker Devices, Electro-Harmonix, Pigtronix, Seymour Duncan, TC Electronic and Wampler Pedals to debut new effects gear at the NAMM Show.
The emergence of hundreds of up-and-coming pedal brands can be traced to new technology and easier global distribution, of both ideas and components. Robert Keeley, founder of Keeley Electronics, Inc., has seen his Edmond, OK business double since 2012. It is now producing more than 2,000 units per month. “Our products are almost completely hand-built and we cater to a group of people who are in the market for specialty-purpose pedals,” said Keeley. Big- name players including John Mayer, Jimmy Buffet and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci are among those who have called on Keeley for customized pedals, with some of those pedals crossing over into a limited-edition commercial run.
Joel Korte, founder of Minnesota-based Chase Bliss Audio has seen sales double in the last year and adds, “Musicians like to experiment with sound using pedals because the experience is very visceral and pedals are hands-on and offer the artist control right away.”
Affordability has also emerged as a major factor in the surge as artists add distortion, phasers and vibrato to their signature sound. The cottage industry of boutique pedal makers offers ways to tweak and discover sounds for an average price of $100-$400 dollars.
Many of these emerging builders, including Akron, Ohio’s family-owned EarthQuaker Devices, have also focused on demonstrating their products for non-traditional pedal players, such as sax, synth and violin players. Julie Robbins of EarthQuaker Devices emphasizes that innovative, specialty-designed sound is a key factor in the company’s success. “We answer the call of experimental musicians who love to create sounds that inspire them to go in new directions,” said Robbins. “Some just want to recreate classic tones, while others use their pedals as a way to actually define their newest album, and we cater to both.”
Demand is also up for pedals that couple long-lasting new technology with “old school” parts to create coveted “vintage” analog sounds. Pete Celi, co-founder of growing Southern California builder Strymon, says interest in vintage pedals has skyrocketed, including tape delays, vintage amp tremolos, pedals from the 70s, but he notes these originals can be unreliable on tour and prices make those purchases beyond the reach of most musicians. “This creates an opportunity for pedals that can capture those sought-after sounds and yet be conveniently and reliably used at gigs,” said Celi.
Strymon employs a one-on-one strategy with musicians, regularly holding open-studio parties. Celi says the conversations are paying off. “We believe everybody is an artist.”
1 day left to support my trip to the NAMM show in January.
December 1 is the last day to order a T-shirt from the Teespring campaign.
Reasons to buy one:
Help me go to NAMM:
Since I only focus on pedals and have been running this site for 12.5 years, I see more than anyone else. I know what's new and what's not and I also spot new pedals at unexpected booths. At NAMM 2013 I saw 280 new pedals!
If you're going as well: let's meet!
The shirts look great! The logo was designed by WeirdBeard who also designed a lot of pedals, posters for gigs,... and this time you can choose from 8 colors including black!
You still need Christmas gifts for guitar playing friends/family/...?
You want to have a chance at winning 1 of 9 prizes?
- Alen Geere Serene (clean boost)
- Anasounds Freq Up (clean boost)
- British Pedal Company Players series Tonebender MkIII (vintage fuzz)
- Crazy Tube Circuits Magnifier (buffer / preamp)
- Diago Guitar Gear Sprinter Pedalboard
- Dr. Acid Effects NASA Overdrive
- Dr-No Madfly (heavy distortion)
- Kaden Effects Condor (Buffer / Boost / Overdrive)
- Ruppert Musical Instruments Acouswitch IQ DI Jr (Acoustic DI/EQ/Boost/...)
Or, if you win and you're a shop owner or manufacturer, you can choose for 2 months of free advertising instead (then I pick another winner for the pedal).
T-Rex from Vejle, Denmark started out in the mid nineties, making MIDI switchers and then moved to making guitar effect pedals. Their first pedal line up consisted of a compressor, tremolo, overdrive and distortion and these were embraced by the pedal aficionados and praised as being top quality pedals.
They were. And T-Rex did not stop there and went on to release great sounding modulation and time based effects. Apart from a side step into the world of boutique guitar amps, T-Rex continuously specialized in designing guitar pedals and accessories and unleashed the affordable Tonebug series, the Dual function pedals, a series of tube pedals, power supplies, pedalboards and bags, even multi effect and more recently a ... wait for it ... tape delay – ay - ay – ay.
So, T-Rex has not been sitting still and kept reinventing their own line of pedals, nowadays it consists of a line-up of sleek compact pedals. One effect that T-Rex did not offer was a pitch shifter.
Until now. Read on to find out more about the T-Rex Quint Machine.
A compact size pedal, it measures 60x50x117 mm, in a distinguished purple brownish color with a darker striping pattern, in- and output and 9V DC socket on top.
Red status LED and soft FET bypass on/off switch, slightly off center. T-Rex badge in the middle.
The Quint Machine has 4 controls, Fifth Up, +1 and -1 Octave and Mix.
Stylish cream colored fluted knobs with black markers
The Quint Machine also takes 9V batteries, but drains these instantly, so better to user a power supply. And you need a special tool to gain access to the battery compartment, so not that practical.
It appears we're getting closer to the release date of the T-Rex Replicator Tape Echo.
I added some official pictures and more info to the page and I replaced my YouTube videos with better versions (something went wrong with most of the videos I made at Musikmesse when I rendered them the first time, so they were only online for a short time).
Michael's introduction: description
Lars' introduction: features,...
NAMM 2016 is still 3 months away, but I started making plans to attend again, hopefully without NAMMthrax and blisters from hell this time, but not wearing brand new shoes and not having to run to catch a plane after arriving with the wrong passport first should help! I try to go every other year but my 2nd son made me skip an extra year.
Since the costs for such a trip (from Belgium...) are quite high I decided to do another T-shirt campaign to help me fund it.
With the previous batches I got a lot of requests for a black shirt, so that will definitely be one of the options. Yes, "one of", I'll probably offer quite a lot of colors (all with the same colors of print).
It's possible that I'll do 2 campaigns: 1 for shirts printed in the US (as last times) and one for shirts printed in Europe (cheaper shipping) if I can make that clear on the campaign pages (at the manufacturer's site).
The shirt will show the Effects Database logo (again), but with a bigger "monster" and smaller text than the previous shirts. The logo was designed by David Medel aka Weirdbeard72, who also designed a lot of gig posters, shirts, cd covers and pedals for Catalinbread, Earthquaker Devices,...
Shirts from the previous campaigns (for NAMM 2013 and a small one for those who missed that) were bought by a lot of badass/cool/lovely/... people/friends including a lot of pedal manufacturers (including Mike Matthews from Electro-Harmonix!) and "media people" (Burgs, JustNick, Rebecca Dirks,...) and other friends/followers/readers from around the world (USA, UK, Norway, Argentina, Greece, Austrlia,...) as you can see here (Facebook album) and here (pictures of the first campaign only, but here on this site).
I'll show these shirts on social media a few more times, just to avoid getting a lot of questions for shirts after the campaign is over ;-)
This tiny sized pedal won't leave a big footprint on your pedalboard and it won't set you back much. But is it worth even the small investment? For many, a compressor is an effect that is too subtle to invest in but it can certainly help you in sounding consistent. Especially for rhythm players or acoustic aficionado's a compressor is a useful tool in the box.
This pedal has a few nice quirks like a lid to shield of the tiny knobs for the impact of your big feet. Whether it is to prevent breaking off knobs or for keeping you from altering your settings while stomping it, it sure channels you into a "set and forget" scenario.
The knobs are a bit small but they are usable enough because of their shape and color. With this small size, they allow you to have 4 controls: Volume, sensitivity, mix dry/wet and attack response time. (what should be more than enough options for such a small pedal)
You'll know when it's on; 2 obvious clear leds will tell you. That might be another reason to close the lid. When closed, the logo on the lid shines and that's a nice touch. I think the power input on the right side might be problematic for some plugs so I wonder if there went as much thinking in that as in the lid.